Jury selection begins for alt-right figure who was prolific spreader of hate and disinformation during Trump’s rise

Jury selection began to today for the trial of Douglas Mackey, who was charged by the DOJ in 2021 with election interference, saying he conspired to spread “misinformation designed to deprive individuals of their constitutional right to vote.” The charges are related to a 2016 stunt where he disseminated an online flyer featuring images of a Black person in front of an “African Americans for [Hillary Clinton]” sign, urging voters to text in their votes.

The DOJ says nearly 5,000 people fell for Mackey’s play.